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Devotional - week of August 12, 2001


BURNOUT?

For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.  Hebrews 4:10

The term burnout has made its way throughout our culture. The experience of burnout has made its way into Christian circles—even into the lives of Christian leaders.

Has burnout reached you or your family or circle of acquaintances and friends?

Burnout will not reach the ones living by God’s grace. They have entered into His rest—and have ceased from their own works.

Have no fear of becoming lazy if you enter into His rest. Consider the testimony of the Apostle Paul, who taught us how to live by grace.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  1 Corinthians 15:10

To the leaders of the church of Thessalonica he wrote:

For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you … 2 Thessalonians 3:7-8

Grace puts us to work. Therefore, it is a work of divine direction and divine energy. Under these circumstances we will not burn out. We will be fruitful for God.

It is our flesh that drives us. The Holy Spirit guides us.